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    Senior Member Uncle Coaster's Avatar
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    New Job! New Local! Sort of.

    Yesterday, I accepted an offer of a new job. It is just far enough away from where I currently live to make me put my house up for sale and to relocate. The best part is that I'll be back in Northeastern, PA where I was raised and where the rest of my family still lives. Another great part of this is that I'll now be closer to my beloved Mohegan Pocono. Until now, the Sands was technically my local and Mt Airy, Hollywood, and the four Philly area casinos were actually closer to me even though I went to Mohegan more in the past 6 months than I went to those other casinos combined since they opened.

    I was unemployed for 3 1/2 months. There are two things I want to talk about that I saw in this time frame. One is anti-me and the other is pro-Mohegan.

    I went to the casino more than I should have while unemployed. I don't want to paint too dark of a picture. I never went into savings or into what I refer to as my "emergency funds" and I was fortunate enough to be in a position to withstand not working for quite some time beyond now, but my original plan when it first became obvious that my company was on its last legs was to only go and use free play and build a budget that way or to only go on a handful of special occasions I had planned on. While I was able to stick to playing just free play on the days that was the plan, I did go more often than that. I saw a bit of the addictive nature of gambling and I saw it in me. It was scary. Now, over the next month or so I have a lot going on with some weekend plans, my nieces are busy, I have a lot of work to do to get my house ready to sell and I want to focus on the new job. So, this will be sort of a litmus test to see if I can set a casino plan and stick to it. I'll be spending Memorial Day weekend at my family's cabin in the middle of nowhere. I always get to do a lot of reflecting while there. My goal is simply to sit back at some point that weekend and think to myself, "I'm in control of my gambling". Time will tell.

    The other thing that I wanted to mention (and it won't be the first or last time I do) is that I have never (ever) received better customer service at any place of business than I do from Mohegan's table games staff. I don't even care if they all go back on break and talk trash about me, what they say to my face and the way they treat me is outstanding. Several dealers and supervisors knew of my situation and I can't count how many stopped by even if I wasn't at one of their tables to ask if heard back from one company or how a certain interview went. Little things like that go a long way to me. They've always treated me great and several have gone out of their way to say hi in the hallway or at the tables. Now I'm glad that I don't even have to give a second thought about which casino to go to anymore. Mohegan's my local and I couldn't be happier.

    Sorry for the rambling. Thought it was important to type out my personal concerns and also to give credit where credit is due.

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    Senior Member marilyn9074's Avatar
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    Congratulations on getting a new job.
    Relocating near family and old friends my keep up busy enough to not think of gambling.
    Idle time, I think, was the enemy. Not working and being home too much and also 'the worry' about a job tends to make you want to wander.
    I was without a job for a couple of months (years back) and even though no one would starve or anything the 'worry' about getting a job preyed on my mind. All things worked out.

    Here's to a new beginning.

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    You weren't rambling what you are saying is just fine . Glad to hear you are employed once again . I too know those urges of wanting to gamble even when you know your current financial situation isn't the best . I have had to learn how to budget what little money I do make doing freelance video and photo work and working 2 dead end jobs as well . I am graduating this year and hope to get a permanent position rather than a freelance position with clients I have worked for . I am not broke and have worked hard to save some Money but consider myself In major debt because of loans from school . Luckily I only owe 35 grand and have tryed to pay for some of my classes before hand. I have always wanted to go to Mohegan in PA after I saw the Undercover Bosses episode featured there . If you haven't seen it you should it's interesting. Happy for you and hope you sell your house for a great profit and get a great new home !

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    Best wishes to you I think you are going to be fine

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    Congratulations on your new job. I too have been looking for work. I have been off since January 29th. Today was a great day because I had two job offers. I had been really down about losing my job of 15 years and it seem like it was taking forever to hear from anyone. Now I just have to make up my mind which job I want to take. Wish you the best of luck.

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    Jeff, Thanx for posting this... I wish You the Very Best!!...
    Please keep us informed on your new home, job, ect.
    And please always try to keep gambling in it's proper perspective. Just one of many forms of entertainment that we can enjoy...
    Good Luck & Congratulations!! !
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    Quote Originally Posted by lady luck View Post
    Congratulations on your new job. I too have been looking for work. I have been off since January 29th. Today was a great day because I had two job offers. I had been really down about losing my job of 15 years and it seem like it was taking forever to hear from anyone. Now I just have to make up my mind which job I want to take. Wish you the best of luck.
    Congrats & Good Luck!!
    Here with You! since 9/29/09

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    I appreciate your candor, UncleC. I think many of us have an "addictive" side that slotting brings out - I know I do - but it is admirable that you are putting it out there and acknowledging it. And the fact that you didn't use up savings or emergency funds says a lot about self control :-) Congratulations on your new job and best of luck with your relocation - my daughter lives in Laflin, only 5 minutes away from MoSun Pocono Downs and I have to exhibit great will power when I go to visit her or I'd be spending most of my visit at the casino

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    Congrats on the new job!

    I can't guarantee this, but I'm pretty sure the dealers only talk trash about you on their break if you act like a jerk. Since you have some of them stopping by on the way past you to ask about you, I'm guessing they don't think you're a jerk. You'll never see them do that with the customers who do act like jerks at the tables. Yes, they'll be polite while the jerky person is at their table, but that's all.
    Zoom zoom!

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    Congratulations on the new job. It must be a huge relief. The endless free time and uncertainty about your future likely had a big impact on your number gambling trips and urge to go.

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